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For the 21st year, CNU's Charter Awards will recognize outstanding achievements in architectural, landscape, and urban design and planning worldwide. Regarded as the preeminent award for excellence in urban design, the CNU Charter Awards honors a select number of winners—including student winners. Winning projects represent major contributions to building more equitable, sustainable, connected, healthy, and prosperous communities.
CNU convenes a Charter Awards jury of distinguished designers, architects, planners and scholars who review entries and select winners. A focus of the jury this year will be on projects that support the public realm. In the past 10 months, we all have seen how important a well-designed public realm is – for socially distant gatherings, for demonstrating free speech, and for just getting out of the house. An active public realm, including the form of the buildings and streets that frame these areas, is a cornerstone of New Urbanism and will be celebrated in this year’s Charter Awards.
Applicants are judged on the extent to which they fulfill and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, which defines the essential qualities of outstanding buildings and urban places. Charter Awards recognize projects at three scales:
- The Region: Metropolis, City, and Town
- Neighborhood, District, and Corridor
- Block, Street, and Building
Special Category: Emerging Projects. To highlight design and urbanist innovations in the planning and design process, an applicant can designate the project as an “Emerging Project.” These are theoretical or research projects that may not be immediately realizable but hold exceptional promise for showing how to apply the techniques and principles of the New Urbanism to the evolving realities of climate change, housing affordability, transportation needs, a public realm complicated by new technologies, and suburban sprawl. They may be at any geographic scale (Region, Metropolis, City, Town; Neighborhood, District, Corridor; or Block, Street, Building).
Submissions for the 2021 Charter Awards will be open until February 9, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Avery Kelly at email@example.com
Ready to apply? Find the application link here.
Still need to get familiar with the guidelines? See "Sample Entries and Guidelines" below.